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Aquariums can make a stunning feature in the home. Perfect for entertainment rooms, kids bedrooms, reception areas, lounges and hallways, or as room dividers – and a great hobby for ocean lovers – an aquarium is a fantastic way of bringing oceanic beauty into your home. If you have an aquarium in your house or you’re interested in ordering an aquarium and welcoming a whole array of colorful sea life into your family property, read on for some aquarium styling tips.

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Rule #1: Work from the Bottom Up

This is aquarium styling 101. It’s very easy to overcrowd your tank and for unseasoned aquarium owners, it’s an easy mistake. So the best way to work with your décor is to work from the bottom up. The different layers you need to consider include the type of substrate you want, any plants you want (live or artificial) and any decorations (including rocks and coral).

What’s Your Aquascaping Style?

So you understand the rule; always work from the bottom up. Now before you start researching your materials for aquarium décor, discover what aquascaping style best suits your home. Different styles include Dutch style aquascaping, Zen garden aquascapes, El Natural style, German style (open style) or Wabi-Kusa style. Aquascaping is a real art form that many enthusiasts take very seriously. To find out more about this, click here.

Choosing the Right Substrate for your Tank

Substrates include sand, gravel (small and large variations available), small stones or glass pebbles. All of these materials are available in natural colors or bright, bold hues that can complement your existing interior design. You also need to consider the right substrate for the type of fish you have. For instance, eels and knife fish prefer sandy bottoms and freshwater tanks can often benefit from pebbles or stones for ease of cleaning.

Whatever substrate you choose for your fish, you need to make sure you clean your tank regularly. Specialist water treatments such as natural salts, beneficial bacteria treatments and ulcer treatments (click here to see full selection) can help prevent diseases from spreading in your fish tank.

Plants and Decorative Pieces

Plants can add a lot of color and life to your aquarium. So the question is whether you choose live or artificial plant life. Fake plants are usually used to decorate fish tanks because they have a much more vibrant color and they are easier to maintain. However, real plant life can actually help to improve your water’s quality and their release of O2 (and intake of CO2) can help to prevent toxicity levels building up.

Still unsure about whether you should choose live or artificial plant life? Click here to see the pros and cons of using both before you make an informed decision.